News Updates from the Municipality

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Building Division Update

Building permit activity in Clarington throughout 2020 was very strong and is currently maintaining a steady pace in 2021. The following tables provide a year-end update on the building permit activity for 2020 and include a comparison to 2019.

In 2020, 1,350 building permits were issued, with the residential sector the strongest.

Issued Permit Activity

Building Category Number of Permits 2019 Value of Construction 2019 Number of Permits 2020 Value of Construction 2020 % Change of Value 2020-2019
Residential* 535 $89,729,141 1,170 $304,665,970 239.5%
Industrial 26 $14,691,070 23 $32,247,815 119.5%
Government 5 $1,973,324 9 $45,299,000 2,195.6%
Commercial 54 $15,670,669 65 $11,781,534 -24.8%
Institutional 13 $2,801,850 11 $2,741,213 -2.2%
Agricultural 15 $5,457,000 14 $1,630,900 -70.1%
Demolition 39 $0 58 $0 N/A
Total 687 $130,323,054 1,350 $398,366,432 205.7%


* Residential – refers to the construction and permit activity as a result of new residential dwelling units, accessory structures (detached garage, sheds, etc.) and additions (decks, new additions to a home, etc.).

Staff Announcements

New Energy and Climate Change Response Coordinator

We are very excited to announce that Doran Hoge is staying permanently in his role as Energy and Climate Change Response Coordinator in Planning and Development Services.

Doran joined the Municipality on contract in April 2019, coordinating the development of the Clarington Corporate Climate Action Plan and championing the Inter-Departmental Climate Change Working Group. In addition to these responsibilities, Doran has worked with other departments and leveraged key partnership and funding opportunities to develop the Municipality’s electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plan. Before arriving in Clarington, Doran worked as the Climate Change Programs Coordinator at the Region of Durham. Doran has a PhD in Environmental Sociology from the University of Guelph, and in December 2020, he completed his Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

In his role, Doran will adopt an integrated approach to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change and reduce the Corporation’s greenhouse gas footprint. He will continue to collaborate with the Interdepartmental Climate Change Working Group and staff across all departments to implement the Clarington Corporate Climate Action Plan (CCCAP). Doran will also coordinate the Municipality’s role in Regional community-scale climate actions.

Congratulations, Doran.

Principal Planner – Development Review

Tracey Webster has accepted the recently approved Principal Planner position in the Development Review Branch.

Over the past four years, Tracey has been a co-lead on the comprehensive Zoning By-law Review Project – ZONE Clarington. To formulate the new Zoning By-law, Tracey has reviewed and analyzed Clarington’s existing Zoning By-laws, those from other municipalities, Official Plans and Provincial policy documents. Tracey was part of the team that created Zoning By-law 2005-109, which covers the Oak Ridges Moraine in Clarington and is the template for the new Zoning By-law. Tracey has more than 15 years of experience in Clarington’s Development Review Branch, processing major residential, industrial and institutional developments and minor variances. Tracey has been applying planning policies, analyzing studies and reports, and combining input from other departments and organizations to review the development applications. In some cases, Tracey had to negotiate with applicants and members of the public to find consensus, which was reflected in the ultimate recommendations made to Council.

Before joining Clarington, Tracey worked for the Town of Whitby and the City of Cambridge. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Ontario Professional Planners Institute. Tracey has an Honours Degree in Geography from Trent University and is an Applications Specialist in Geographic Information Systems. Tracey has been advancing her education by taking a Project Management Foundations program. Tracey is a mentor to young planners, assisting them in achieving the requirements needed to obtain the Registered Professional Planners membership.

Congratulations, Tracey.

Planner I – Development Review

We are pleased to announce that Aibelle Babista has accepted the full-time Planner 1 position in the Development Review Branch. Aibelle graduated from the University of Waterloo, where she received a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) in Planning and Urban Design degree.

Aibelle joined the Planning and Development Services Department as a summer student in May 2018 in the Special Projects Branch, researching policy and zoning projects. In August 2019, Aibelle accepted a contract Planner 1 position to assist with the Zoning By-law review and Neighbourhood Character Study. She has been providing support to Senior Planners in the Community Planning Branch, organizing numerous secondary plan meetings and review currently underway.

Congratulations, Aibelle.

Trees for Rural Roads – Application Deadline March 31, 2021

The Municipality of Clarington, Central Lake Ontario and Ganaraska Region Conservation Authorities, and other funding partners have teamed up to offer the Trees for Rural Roads program. This annual program was established in 2012, offering native trees free of charge to rural Clarington residents for planting along municipal roadways abutting private land. In addition to the environmental benefits, the program contributes to local historic preservation and community engagement through volunteerism. To date, more than 6,500 trees have been planted using this program.

The deadline to apply for the 2021 program is March 31, 2021.

The Municipality will continue to adhere to all Provincial Regulations and guidance from Durham Region Public Health. If the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic requires cancellation of the 2021 program, successful applicants will be pre-approved for participation in 2022. The health and safety of our residents and staff are our utmost priority.

Program guidelines and the 2021 application form are available at

Questions? Contact Amy Burke at or 905-623-3379 ext. 2423.

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